Christmas Greetings and Blessings from our Diocesan Bishop His Grace Dr Mathews Mar Thimothios. Please see the following link:
Please see the following link for the Ecumenical Christmas Letter from the Archbishop of Canterbury The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby
Please see the following link for a few Carols, Nativity presentations by the children and youth and adults of St Thomas’ Orthodox Church (STOC), Hemel Hempstead at the Carol Service on 20th December, 2014. Elizabeth Joy brought the Christmas Message.
I express my deep appreciation and thanks to Fr N George Joy for this opportunity and the words of introduction. My sincere thanks to Viji, the head Teacher of our Sunday School and Sudarshan Joy, the Youth Secretary for organising the events along with others who took a lead role. Our deep gratitiude to Shaji Jacob who has done an excellent video recording, editing and sharing it with us.
As conveyed in the message above, let us take care of what we do in our lives everyday remembering PCCP – Power of Communication which God does through Christ’s birth and Communication of Power which Herod does. Today we have the choice to communicate power (choose to do evil) or express the Power of Communication as God does in sending Christ as Baby Jesus into this world.
God sent God’s only Son into this world that the whole creation may be redeemed and liberated to experience the fullness of Life. We as earthly parents desire deeply to give the very best to our Children far exceeding what our parents have given us or what our parents received from their parents as children. All parents want their children to exceed them be it the career, way of life or comforts and pleasure. God the father sends the Son (who emptied himself to become a human) into the world so that we humans can become God like (Theosis). God as the source of all LIFE and all resources wants us to become like God by becoming children of God – a sister or a brother to Christ. So God as our Father, unlike the earthly parens (who lacked many things in their childhood and wish that their children have better life), wishes, desires and chooses to share the very best of all that belongs to God with us humans.